Nelson Cruz bought a firetruck

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Nelson Cruz comes from a city in the Dominican Republic that, despite being home to nearly 300,000 people, does not have adequate firefighting equipment. Nelson Cruz decided to do something about that:

“In my hometown we don’t have ambulances or firetrucks, so I decided to buy one,” Cruz said. “It was yellow, so we had to paint it red.”

And, in conjunction with that, the company which provides ambulance service in Arlington, Texas donated two ambulances.  And the Rangers are paying to have the vehicles shipped to the Dominican Republic.

Very cool.

Will Middlebrooks carted off field with injury

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Phillies third baseman Will Middlebrooks suffered a serious injury during Saturday’s Grapefruit League contest against the Orioles. The infielder was chasing down a pop fly in the eighth inning when he ran into left fielder Andrew Pullin, who inadvertently trapped Middlebrooks’ ankle under his leg. Middlebrooks was unable to put weight on his leg following the collision and was carted off the field and taken to a local hospital for X-rays.

Per MLB.com’s Todd Zolecki, not much is known yet about the severity of the ankle injury or the recovery time it will require, though it appears serious enough to set Middlebrooks back considerably as he seeks a backup/bench role with the team this spring.

The 29-year-old is currently seeking another opportunity to extend his six-year major-league career in 2018. He’s coming off of two down years with the Brewers and Rangers, during which he slashed a cumulative .169/.229/.262 with four extra bases through 70 plate appearances.